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Managing Fear of the New Year

Fear in the Air

As we transition to a new year, it is common to feel stressed, anxious, and worried about what will come. The fear of the unknown often sets in when you overthink the negative possibilities that could happen in a new situation. By focusing on where you are, planning what you can, and setting healthy boundaries, you’ll find growth much more manageable. Here are some tips to overcome your fear of the new year.

Focus on Small Growth

Often, when we have a goal for the new year, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the idea of how we will achieve it. While having long-term goals is essential, it’s easier to find success when you focus on small wins. Instead of worrying too much about the big picture of where you want to be at the end of the year, set small goals to help you get there.

By taking your growth one small goal at a time, you will stay motivated throughout the year and be proud of your achievements when you look back. This snowball effect has helped the world’s greatest achievers overcome their fears and succeed in their growth. Try setting small goals at the beginning of every week, and give yourself some credit when you accomplish them.

Plan What You Can

It’s important to remember there will always be things that are out of your control. From natural disasters to pandemics, we have seen our fair share of them in the past few years. We can take charge of how we react to these unfortunate events. Maintaining a positive mindset is the key to staying on the right path.

When you set goals for the new year, keep the possibility of the unexpected in the back of your mind. The last thing you want is for an obstacle to demotivate you from achieving your best self. By preparing yourself for situations that are out of your control, there will be nothing that stops you from finding success.

Setting Healthy Boundaries for Yourself

Navigating the new year in recovery can come with its challenges. Along with finding new ways to enjoy your free time, people around you may be unaware of the journey you’re on. By setting healthy boundaries for yourself, you can keep distractions and temptations at bay.

This can be as simple as telling your loved ones not to touch your recovery journal or removing triggers from your home, such as alcohol. Taking the time to set these boundaries now will help you have the courage to stay strong in your recovery.

You don’t have to navigate through the new year alone! Our team at Chattanooga Recovery Center is here to help with your recovery journey. Feel free to give us a call at (423) 226-5331 or visit our website for more information about how we can assist you with your sobriety.


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